troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Too Many Mouths

Sahjhan: "You'll get your money."
Arnie: "I've heard that one before. You know, I've got mouths to feed. Plus a family. Some of them have mouths, too."
Angel

In the same way that having extra eyes in unusual places can be unnerving, a creature with extra mouths can also be horrific, in a different way. The mouth is the organ of consumption, so a creature can be given extra mouths to show that it is a ravenous, hungry monstrosity. A massive paunch and lack of other sensory organs will create the image of an organism with no intelligence or purpose other than to eat.

To enhance the effect of the mouths, they may be equipped with More Teeth than the Osmond Family, or alternatively, might be gross and wide orifices with a thick tongue and smacking lips.

But there are many other ways to add mouths, and many places. They can be obvious or discreet, even hidden. They may even have special properties or powers. Their owner can be an Eldritch Abomination or a seemingly-normal human, or anything in between.

A Super Trope to Belly Mouth, Vagina Dentata, Nested Mouths. Compare Two-Faced, contrast No Mouth.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Deidara in Naruto has mouths on his palms. They spit out a plastic explosive that he uses to create exploding scupltures. It later turns out he also has one on his chest.
  • In The Slayers, Copy Rezo has two extra mouths, which is explained in the novels as being a result of also being a chimera (he's a hybrid of Rezo-clone and Mazoku). These mouths are used to utter incantations, though, not to eat or bite. The location of them differs
  • Vampire Hunter D. The title character has an entire extra face in the palm of his left hand, which has strange, undefined magical powers, most notably the ability to suck in large amounts of material or magical energy at will, which can be used to nullify spells and revive D if he gets killed. It has a mind of its own and can talk to D.
  • In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the true forms of Father and Pride are shadow tentacle monsters made up of eyes and mouths. Gluttony can also go One-Winged Angel, opening his fake Gate of Truth in the form of one large mouth down the middle that spits a beam that teleports anything into his "stomach".

Card Games

Comic Books
  • The Corinthian from Neil Gaiman's comic book series The Sandman has mouths where his eyes should be.
    • There's also Azazel, a demon with many mouths and eyes, and Choronzon, who has two mouths stacked on top of each other.
  • From Gaiman's Comic Book//Eternals, there is Morjak, a Deviant who has a second mouth in his stomach.
  • Choir, an obscure student at the Xavier School, has a ring of mouths around her neck that enable her to throw her voice.

Fan Works

Literature
  • In Ramsay Campbell's Cthulhu Mythos stories, when the Great Old One Y'golonac (You Fool! You've doomed us all!) possesses a human body, the body has mouths in its palms.
  • In Turn Coat, the horde of demonic entities conjured up by Binder appear roughly human-like, but have mouths in both palms that drool disgusting, caustic saliva.
  • Darren Shan's The Demonata has Artery, one of Lord Loss's familiar demons, who has mouths in his palms, with very sharp teeth in them.
  • In Wayne Barlowe's Expedition, the gigantic creatures called sea striders have mouths in the bottoms of their feet, allowing them to gulp down mouthfulls of the Amoebic Sea just by walking about.
  • Betelgeusians in the Star Trek Novel Verse have two mouths; a beak-like one for speaking with, and a toothy one for eating with. As might be apparent from the description, they're not intended to be frightening or disgusting, just alien.

Live-Action TV

Mythology
  • The Japanese Youkai Futaguchi Onna (two-mouthed woman) appears as a normal woman with a huge, constantly hungry mouth on the back of her head. Usually the normal mouth rarely eats, while the other one often gorge itself on anything in sight and can use the hair as tentacles.
  • In Aztec Mythology, the primordial Eldritch Abomination Cipactli had mouths at every joint.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons. The Gibbering Mouther monster was a human-sized amoeboid life form covered with eyes and mouths. It used the mouths to bite its victims.
  • Villains And Vigilantes adventure Devil's Domain. Abomination demons had a malevolent face on their chest, which included a large mouth.
  • Call of Cthulhu:
    • Dreamlands. The Maws of Pandemonium spell caused the victim's body to sprout a red-lipped mouth that gibbered and moaned as it drained the victim's magic points. When the victim became unconscious, the mouth fell silent, but started howling again two to 12 hours later.
    • When the Great Old One Y'golonac possesses a human body, the body has mouths in its palms the same as in the original Ramsay Campbell stories.
    • Aku-Shin Kage, one of the masks of Nyarlathotep. Dressed in the traditional armor of a samurai, where its face should be is covered in mouths instead.
  • A common mutation among the daemons and followers of Chaos in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. A classic variant of the Great Unclean One, Greater Daemon of Nurgle, has a giant mouth in its stomach as well as the regular one on its face (and quite often one on the end of its tongue, or of each of its tongues, too. Occasionally on the tips of its fingers, or elsewhere). Flamers of Tzeentch have many gibbering mouths about their bizarre fungoid anatomy, all of them leaking warpfire.

Video Games
  • In Spore, the creature creator allows many mouths to be affixed to a given creature, though they seldom render any actual benefit to the creature.
  • Yogg-Saron, "The Beast with a Thousand Maws" from World of Warcraft, who has mouths in place of his nostrils, eyes, and a few others. Those are just the ones you can see.
  • The monsters in Dante's Inferno, appropriately called Gluttons and appearing in the circle of Gluttony, have mouths for hands. The boss of Gluttony, Cerberus, is a giant toad-like creature with three worm-like tongues, all decorated with extra mouths.
  • In Diablo III:
    • Belial has two mouths, one on each side of its head.
    • Diablo, once resurrected, has an extra mouth in each of its shoulders.
  • In Feed The Nine Mouthed Baby, the titular baby has nine mouthes.
  • Several of the bosses in Sa Ga 3 have extra mouths, with the most excessive example being Guha who's nothing but mouths.
  • Mawile in Pokémon is based on the Futakuchi-Onna (see above) and has an extra giant mouth as one of its horns. Mega Mawile gets two of these.

Webcomics
  • Demon Eater has the titular character join the Human Club, those creatures of his world who for one reason or another wish to emulate humans, but none does it well. The one named Venus has extra eyes and mouths so that she has faces on her left and right profiles.
  • The expy of Y'golonac (see Literature) in The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) loves to prank other gods by shaking their hands and biting them off.
  • The Omega Goo from El Goonish Shive has several mouths.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • In The Spectacular Spiderman, Venom can manifest a large mouth in the center of his costume, and can talk through it.
  • Gilda Gossip, a gossipy alien in Galaxy High, voiced by Nancy Cartwright, had multiple mouths growing out of antennae on her head.
  • On Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, the president of the galaxy has two mouths, one atop the other. Her whole race has this trait, but she's the most frequently seen.
  • Teen Titans in the episode "Fear, Itself" The monster that Raven created with her mind has mouths all over its body.

Real Life
  • Mistaken for played straight in one case: The Cambrian sea creature Hallucigenia was first reconstructed with seven tentacles on its back, each bearing a small, beak-like mouth. But as Science Marches On, it turned out that said tentacles were actually paired legs and the beaks their claws.
    • Up to date, there was still no Hallucigenia fossil found that shows where the creature's mouth was really located.
  • Coral colonies can either be regarded as Conjoined Twins taken Up to Eleven, or a single vast, gestalt organism with Too Many Mouths.

Other Media
Tiny-Headed BehemothStay Ahead of This IndexUse Your Head
Tongue TraumaMouthful Of IndexThroat Light
The SymbioteBizarre Alien BiologyTranslator Microbes
Through the Eyes of MadnessHorror TropesTouch of the Monster
Tongue TiedImageSource/Anime & MangaTwinkle Smile

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
26588
32